To Jumpstart Relief Program, Wolf Gives Landlords More Flexibility To Collect Unpaid Rent
Spotlight PA’s Charlotte Keith outlines steps the Wolf Administration is taking to give property owners more flexibility to collect outstanding rent balances.
As a result of the change, landlords will no longer be required to forgive rent that is owed if they collect the state relief money. Landlords can receive a monthly maximum of $750 per tenant, but previously were forced to forgive any rent due in excess of that amount.
Landlords who take part in the program will now be able to enter into payment plans with tenants for the remaining balance owed.
In many parts of the state, $750 is significantly less than the average monthly rent, and the forgiveness requirement was a driving factor in many landlords choosing not to participate. Without their landlords on board, renters cannot take advantage of the relief.
“These are positive steps, but we still need a larger solution,” Wolf said in a news release. “I continue to urge the legislature to fix the program’s other flaws so more struggling families have a place to live.”
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